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Vaarallinen Lehmankello (Lethal Cowbell)

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The cartoon cover art of this reworking of Finnish traditional tunes from the Sibelius Academy's folk music department hints at the somewhat cryptic nuttiness inside, but the performances are still as tight as the teeth of a comb. A crazy sense of repetition gives "Suite Orientale" a too-long-on-the-merry-go-round momentum, while the band injects a clockwork framework into the organ bubbles and sax of the furtive title cut. Nothing earthshaking here, just your average musical geniuses cutting up their country's tradition.